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How to Make A Golden Milk Latte (Turmeric Latte)

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Sip on this warm, comforting, rich Golden Milk Latte with Turmeric and you’ll get tons of flavor and antioxidants with every taste. It’s quick and easy to make, ready in five minutes, and you only need six ingredients!

golden milk latte (or turmeric latte) in a glass cup with cinnamon, against an orange background

There are so many reasons why I love drinking this golden milk with turmeric. It’s creamy, soothing, and will help relax you after a long day.

My mom used to make this drink for me when I was a kid, as a home remedy for just about every ailment you can think of! It’s a recipe that has been passed down in my family, and for good reason — not only is it so good for you, it tastes absolutely delicious.

This drink is a nutritional powerhouse because of the turmeric! This gorgeous spice is packed with amazing health benefits. It’s great for your immune system, is a rich source of antioxidants, helps with achy joints, and promotes healthy skin.

Enjoy this turmeric latte as an afternoon pick me up, to relax before bed, as part of your breakfast, or even to replace your mid-day coffee. It’s super easy to make and is a one-pot recipe!

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need

Recipe Ingredients & Notes

ingredients for latte
  • Milk: The great thing about this recipe is that it’s super versatile. You can use any milk you like when making golden milk. Traditionally, turmeric milk is made with organic whole or lowfat cow’s milk. But you can use coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk, pretty much any milk will work!
  • Turmeric: The key ingredient for a turmeric latte! I like using organic, ground turmeric better than fresh – it has a more potent flavor. A little goes a long way!
  • Spices: You can change up the spices however you like, but adding a pinch of black pepper is essential both for flavor and absorption of the benefits of turmeric (black pepper enhances turmeric absorption by up to 2,000%!)
  • Sweetener: Not necessary, but you can use a little honey, maple syrup or stevia to sweeten if needed!

How To Make Golden Milk: Step by Step

Step 1: Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Pour the milk into a small sauce pan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Alternatively you can heat it in the microwave too!

milk cooking in a pot

Step 2: Serve hot. Drink and Enjoy!

golden milk latte (or turmeric latte) in a glass cup with cinnamon, against an orange background

What Makes This Golden Milk Latte Healthy?

  • Anti-Inflammatory: One of the main reasons why golden milk has been used for so long and is so popular is because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. Studies have shown that curcumin (which is in turmeric) helps reduce inflammation in the body, has antibacterial/anti-viral properties and can help with overall immunity and autoimmune conditions.
  • Mood Booster: There have been many studies that show that drinking golden milk can actually boost your mood. Forget coffee, turmeric milk is so much better for you. 🙂 
  • Low-Calorie: You can enjoy a warm cup of this golden milk latte and only consume 112 calories per serving!

Will Kids Enjoy this Golden Milk with Turmeric?

Yes, most kids will love this golden milk latte. I grew up drinking it, and it became one of my ultimate favorite drinks over the years. It’s relaxing to sip on it when it’s warm, and with the spices, your kids will most likely enjoy every taste of it. I routinely make it for my kids, especially if they have a cold or cough (it’s very soothing for a sore throat!)

If you already eat food with turmeric in it, they are probably accustomed to the flavor. And if not, you can always reduce the spices at first to ease them into it. I don’t think it will take them long to get used to it at all!

golden milk latte (or turmeric latte) in a glass cup with cinnamon, against an orange background

Recipe FAQs

What Is Golden Milk?

Golden milk is a traditional Indian (South Asian) drink that has been around for centuries. It’s actually called “haldi doodh” which translates directly to “turmeric milk”. All you need is turmeric and milk, but our version adds a few additional spices for even more flavor.
Turmeric milk has been used for all kinds of ailments, including colds, coughs, the flu, fatigue, inflammation, aches/pains, mood, and stress. It was my mom’s go-to solution for everything, which is common in Indian culture!

Should I Drink Golden Milk Hot or Cold?

This drink tastes best hot, but you could also a make an “iced” latte by blending the ingredients and drinking it right after (without warming it on the stove).

What Is The Best Time of Day to Drink Turmeric Tea?

Turmeric tea (aka a golden milk latte) is suitable to drink any time of the day! You can enjoy it first thing in the morning, as a mid-afternoon pick me up, or anytime you feel like drinking it. There truly aren’t any wrong answers when it comes to this drink. Do what works for you, and you can’t go wrong.
I do recommend making this a daily part of your diet, to get the full health benefits. But if you don’t want to drink it every day, that’s more than fine! Just sip on it when you are feeling under the weather or are in the mood for a cozy drink.

What Kind of Milk Can I Use?

Traditionally, whole milk is used in this recipe. But honestly, any type of cow’s milk (whole, lowfat, skim) or plant based milk (almond, soy, oat, cashew, coconut) will work! If you use plant milk to make this recipe, make sure to use unsweetened plant milk with no carrageenan added.

How Long Will This Golden Milk Latte Keep in the Fridge?

Honestly, this drink is best when served immediately. You can keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for about 2 days. To reheat, I recommend blending it again in a blender and reheating it on the stovetop or microwave until it’s warm!

What Does a Turmeric Latte Taste Like?

Turmeric is a slightly bitter, warm, slightly sweet, earthy, peppery spice. It’s really complex in flavor, and simmering it helps bring out its sweetness.
Turmeric lattes (made with just ground turmeric and milk) can be a bit of an acquired taste, like black tea or coffee. But when you add sweeter spices and a dash of honey or maple syrup, it cuts the bitterness and you end up with a drink that closely resembles a chai latte – but is so much better for you!

Top Tips For Making The Best Golden Milk Latte

  • Adjust the spices to your preferences. You can also add extra cinnamon, ginger, ground cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla extract, or anything other warm sweet spices that you love.
  • Steer clear of adding any refined sugar. Honey or maple syrup is lovely for adding sweetness, or you can also try adding a drop of organic liquid stevia leaf extract to avoid any added sugar altogether. If you don’t want it to be sweet, you can leave the sugar out too!
  • Be sure to blend the ingredients very well. You will have a few grains of the spices in the bottom of the cup, but the better you blend it, the less you will have. To get rid of any spice remnants, you can strain it before drinking.
  • For more healthy fats, you can add coconut oil when blending this recipe! The coconut oil will help the turmeric milk froth when it’s cooking, it’ll add a nice richness, help you absorb the healing compounds in this drink, and will keep you fuller longer too.
  • If it’s your first time trying this turmeric latte recipe, I’d recommend dialing down the spices slightly and then add more to taste as needed.
  • Use any milk you like – if you choose a plant based milk, make sure it is unsweetened.
  • To make this golden milk latte recipe vegan friendly, use a plant based milk and maple syrup or stevia instead of honey.
golden milk latte (or turmeric latte) in a glass cup with cinnamon, against an orange background

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Golden Milk Latte (Turmeric Latte)

Sip on this warm, rich Golden Milk Latte with Turmeric and you’ll get tons of flavor and antioxidants with every taste. It’s quick and easy to make, ready in five minutes, and you only need six ingredients!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Indian
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 112kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
  • Pour the milk into a small sauce pan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Alternatively you can heat it in the microwave too!
  • Drink and enjoy!

Notes

Top Tips For Making The Best Golden Milk Latte
  • Adjust the spices to your preferences. You can also add extra cinnamon, ginger, ground cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla extract, or anything other warm sweet spices that you love.
  • Steer clear of adding any refined sugar. Honey or maple syrup is lovely for adding sweetness, or you can also try adding a drop of organic liquid stevia leaf extract to avoid any added sugar altogether. If you don’t want it to be sweet, you can leave the sugar out too!
  • Be sure to blend the ingredients very well. You will have a few grains of the spices in the bottom of the cup, but the better you blend it, the less you will have. To get rid of any spice remnants, you can strain it before drinking.
  • For more healthy fats, you can add coconut oil when blending this recipe! The coconut oil will help the turmeric milk froth when it’s cooking, it’ll add a nice richness, help you absorb the healing compounds in this drink, and will keep you fuller longer too.
  • If it’s your first time trying this turmeric latte recipe, I’d recommend dialing down the spices slightly and then add more to taste as needed.
  • Use any milk you like – if you choose a plant based milk, make sure it is unsweetened.
  • To make this golden milk latte recipe vegan friendly, use a plant based milk and maple syrup or stevia instead of honey.
Nutrition is calculated with 1% milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 8.2g | Fat: 2.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 107.4mg | Sugar: 15.4g

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16 responses to “How to Make A Golden Milk Latte (Turmeric Latte)”

  1. I have been hearing about all the wonderful health benefits of turmeric but was a little nervous about trying a Golden Milk Latte –However, I am so glad I did. It really was delicious.

    I am looking forward to your next recipe post!
    Have a Great Day!
    Heidy McCallum5 stars

  2. I was just wondering, I see you mention Vietnamese cinnamon….I was told to use cinnamon from Ceylon for lowering blood sugar. Also, is Vietnamese cinnamon the same as Saigonese cinnamon?

    • Hi Michele! Ceylon cinnamon has the lowest Coumarin content of all the types of cinnamon — so it’s commonly used by people who have liver issues (since too much Coumarin can damage the liver). If you’re taking cinnamon therapeutically (e.g. in capsules) – like you mentioned taking it to lower blood sugar – you would be recommended Ceylon because of the coumarin issue – high doses of other types of cinnamon in capsule form would put too stress on your liver. But if you were just using it to flavor food, either Ceylon or Vietnamese cinnamon would work. And yes, Vietnamese cinnamon is the same as Saigon cinnamon 🙂 Hope that helps!

    • Thanks so much Cindy!! I’m sure you will love this recipe! It’s the perfect drink for relaxing before bedtime!

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